“MONICA will be a fundamental tool for managing the power system, which is gaining new protagonists.”
Energy storage, electric vehicles and their charging points, distributed generation or new electricity self-consumption systems, are forcing traditional consumption models to change and therefore the management of these also has to change. The challenge is for the distribution grid to adapt to these new active elements and to be capable of operating in a decentralised and bidirectional manner, interacting with them. Real-time knowledge of the distribution grid provided by MONICA will enable the optimal integration of these new elements, which would be practically impossible with traditional energy models.
Sustainable and efficient energy model
With the implementation of these information and communication technologies within the current power grid, we will obtain a smart grid that enables us to offer users a more efficient and sustainable energy model.
The MONICA Project will be carried out in the Smart City Malaga Living Lab, the Enel Group's real experiment centre for the development of power distribution technologies.
The project has successfully completed the second year of the three-year programme. The new sensors for monitoring the network of 37 MV-LV Transformer Substations have been installed and work is being carried out on setting up the relevant databases and integrating this information, together with information regarding the network topology and the Smart Meters in the area of action, into the MONICA Platform.
The entire consortium met at the beginning of September in Bilbao to hold the second meeting for the certification of the MONICA project, with the aim of presenting the developments achieved during the second year, to the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI), which is the entity that funds the ambitious project via the Feder-Interconnecta programme.
Endesa has headed the consortium that has developed the project, with the collaboration of Ayesa Advanced Technologies, Ingelectus Innovative Electrical Solutions, Ormazábal Media Tensión and the Electrical Engineering Department of the Higher Technical School of Industrial Engineering of the University of Seville via the AICIA foundation.The total budget exceeds 3 million euros, around 1.3 million euros of which are financed by the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) and the EU ERDF Funds; it forms part of the Interconnect program and it is endorsed by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.